1956 photo from Fr
Michael Li of Australia
Fr Pinna was an Albazinian, born in Beijing on the 3rd day of the third lunar month, 1919, (April 3 on the civil calendar) and son of Fr Nikita Du. When he was a seminarian in Beijing he was known in Chinese as Du Ensheng. He was ordained by Archbishop Victor in the autumn of 1950. He served as priest and choir director in Beiguan church, while his wife Le Zhengwen was assigned to the post of religious school teacher.
When he was serving at St Alexander church in Hankou, he was registered with the Chinese Religious Bureau as De Shuzhi.
According to Hankou municipal archives, after the last Russian priest left Hankou in 1955, Fr Nikita Du and his son Fr Pinna Du served successively from 1955-1958 as priest in charge of dwindling parish of St Alexander in Hankou until its closure.
In 1963, he assisted his father the priest Nikita Du Bining in conducting religious ceremonies at churches in Labdarin, Sanhe and Hailar, Inner Mongolia.
From 1966, Fr Pinna endured sufferings during the Cultural Revolution.
Fr Pinna reposed in the Lord at the age of 51 on the 4th day of the eighth lunar month, 1970 (September 4 on the civil calendar).
Rehabilitated in 1972.
photo in front of
Fr Pinna's family in Beijing, 1953
Fr Pinna's family in Wuhan, 1961
Fr Pinna's 2nd son
Fr Pinna's younger daughter
Fr Pinna's elder daughter
Fr Pinna's eldest son
Fr Pinna's youngest son
Peter Du Pingsheng
Fr Pinna's younger brother
Fr Pinna's wife
Fr Pinna (De Shuzhi)